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Lane takes the long way in kick coverage

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:55 pm with 15 Comments »
February 27, 2014 1:55 pm

While looking at the plays for the Percy Harvin post, I stumbled across something else. It was the route Jeremy Lane took in kick coverage for a Robert Turbin return against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11. This speaks to Lane’s speed and how a lot of work doesn’t show up in stats. Check out where he starts and finishes:





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  1. yankinta says:

    lol, wow…

  2. Too bad Turbin is not a very good kick returner, he might have busted this one for a better gain. For a guy who timed as fast in the 40 as he did coming out of college, Turbin looked slow returning kicks.

    And Im a big Turbo fan. I’d rather try Lockette or Lane at kickoffs if we dont have Harvin do every one.

  3. PS Nice Find Todd! Good work!

  4. brettghorn says:

    I saw comments about Harvin’s return TD being a different blocking scheme than they’d shown all year on kickoffs. Any idea what it was they did? I haven’t found a good All-22 view.

  5. brett – I’m not saying they are wrong, but the fact of the matter is that Percy Harvin is simply the best kick returner in the NFL (top 3 for sure) and that’s the most likely reason for the TD return. Anyone else on our team returning that kick against Denver in the Super Bowl would have been tackled for minimal, if any, gain. Percy quickly nabbed that ball out of the air and showed his speed and explosiveness in taking it to the house.

  6. doubledink says:

    They called it a counter-right, if I recall.

  7. I heard Percy say that the coaches save it for him all season.

  8. Bobbyk–Its not one or the other. That play as designed would never be a TD with Turbo returning a kick, but Lane or Tate would have had a chance USING THAT BLOCKING SCHEME. (Sorry for the Caps, not shouting, just cant do italics). Now, in the SB Denver did a pretty good job at first, and no one but a real speedster could have run it back. Probably not even Tate or Lane–it took Harvin.

    But as I said, its not one or the other. Harvin said Carrol kept that play in his back pocket, and kept telling Harvin that when he came back from injury, he was gonna score on it…

    So, while its a great designed play, it required a special talent like Harvin to make it pop.

  9. Martellus Bennett–MB’s brother–is a pretty cool guy. The stuff that comes out of his mouth is often pretty whack, but he’s funny as hell. He reminds me of Red Bryant if Red had ADD and listened to MF Doom…

    Todd retweeted a post where Martellus says he likes Seahawks fans cause we treat him well when he’s in town…well, come play for us man!

    I liked him coming out of college. He’s got personality and likes to scrap…

  10. jawpeace says:

    I thought Lane got ripped off not being the special teams guy for the Pro-bowl. He is one bitching gunner! A big reason why we had the NFL record for least punt return yards for 15 weeks.

  11. Lane is awesome and tough as nails. Yeah Turbin shouldn’t have been returning kicks when Tate, Baldwin and Kearse could do it better.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Very cool. This isn’t all that unusual; this is how many of those lanes are created, by “abandoning” the wide side.

    And yes, Lane was spectacular on special teams this year.

  13. Singularitarian says:

    STTBM not sure if anybody besides me and you know who MF Doom is

  14. Ray_Maines says:

    Returning kicks is different than just running fast. I don’t understand it well enough to preach, but I trust the coaches enough to believe the Turbinator can do it better overall than Kearse or Angry Doug.

  15. Kearse returned a kick against Denver in the Preseason, and DB had a major return against SF in the NFC title gam after Turbin was pulled. Turbin never got close to breaking it, and lost a fumble without being touched against the Cardinals.

    Turbin was mainly used as a KR because the Hawks couldn’t risk losing Tate, Baldwin or Kearse to injury.

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